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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Intriguing Martian Bedrock

“Exploring a sediment-rich location in this Mars delta offers tantalizing opportunities for the six-wheeler’s science team. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has begun exploring an area the science team calls “Yori Pass” near the base of Jezero Crater’s …

NASA Prepares to Say ‘Farewell’ to InSight Spacecraft

“The day is approaching when NASA’s Mars InSight lander will fall silent, ending its history-making mission to reveal secrets of the Red Planet’s interior. The spacecraft’s power generation continues to decline as windblown dust on its solar …

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Reaches Long-Awaited Salty Region

“The rover has arrived at a special region believed to have formed as Mars’ climate was drying. After journeying this summer through a narrow, sand-lined pass, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recently arrived in the “sulfate-bearing unit,” a long-sought region …

Why NASA Is Trying to Crash Land on Mars

“An illustration of SHIELD, a Mars lander concept that would allow lower-cost missions to reach the Red Planet’s surface by safely crash landing, using a collapsible base to absorb the impact. Credit: California Academy of Sciences Like a car …

New evidence for liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars

“An international team of researchers has revealed new evidence for the possible existence of liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, used spacecraft laser-altimeter measurements of the shape of …

NASA’s Perseverance Makes New Discoveries in Mars’ Jezero Crater

“The rover found that Jezero Crater’s floor is made up of volcanic rocks that have interacted with water. Scientists got a surprise when NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover began examining rocks on the floor of Jezero Crater in spring …

NASA Will Inspire World When It Returns Mars Samples to Earth in 2033

“This advanced mission architecture will include two sample recovery helicopters. NASA has finished the system requirements review for its Mars Sample Return Program, which is nearing completion of the conceptual design phase. During this phase, the program team evaluated and …

NASA, ESA to Discuss Mars Sample Return Mission

“NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, July 27, to discuss the architecture for its Mars Sample Return campaign. NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) recently held a systems …

My Favorite Martian Image: ‘Enchanted’ Rocks at Jezero Crater

“Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could convince Perseverance’s Katie Stack Morgan that these are not the rocks she’s looking for. Ask any space explorer, and they’ll have a favorite photograph or two from their mission. For Katie Stack …

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Stunning Views of a Changing Mars Landscape

“Striking rock formations documented by the rover provide evidence of a drying climate in the Red Planet’s ancient past. For the past year, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region …